Nothing lasts forever. That’s just a fact of life. Whether it be your favorite car or a life-changing concert, everything has some degree of impermanence to it.
Your roof is no exception. There will come a time when it will be necessary for you to think about replacing your roof for a newer one to protect you and your family from the elements, and keep the heating bill manageable. This is no small undertaking. However, the roof is a large area of the house and particularly challenging to replace, thanks to the hazards of being so high in the air. What we mean here is that it isn’t something you just wake up and choose to get done one day out of the blue. If you’re thinking about changing your roof, here are some things you need to make sure of before pulling the trigger:
Choose the material
What materials are available to you now are likely to be completely different than the ones used when the roof was initially put in. There are newer, cheaper materials that have all of the durability and functionality of older options that might be appealing, while some newer options might just be more aesthetically pleasing to you. LIFT Construction is a roofing company that implores its customers to spend time carefully selecting what material they will move forward with, before any work is actually to be completed. Other concerns for your roof material should be how long it will last, if it will reduce your insurance premiums, and whether or not it will add resale value to your home.
Find the right contractor
Getting the right group of people for the job is arguably one of the most irritating parts of having your roof done. It isn’t easy to find a contractor who’s the right mix of no-nonsense ethic, proper workmanship, and also of a fair price. Choosing the wrong contractor might mean a botched roof job and more money out of pocket, or no significant work being completed at all. Look for contractors in your area who have a high amount of positive recommendations with a body of work you can personally verify. These are roofers after all. If they really are as good as they say, there’s a good chance you’ve looked at their work already without even knowing it.
Still, it’s essential to shop around and get as many bids as possible before choosing any contractor. Even if your preferred contractor is a pinch more expensive than another, you might be able to haggle the price down by informing the contractor of the more appealing bid given to you. There’s no reason why you can’t get both the services you require and the price you deserve.
A good roof should have a minimum lifespan of 10 years, if not 20. As long as you do your due diligence when selecting the materials that will be used, as well as the people who will be installing them, you have little to worry about. Mind you, this isn’t like having a suit tailored or a car fixed. A new roof will cost thousands of dollars, making it a significant investment in your life. Don’t rush and make sure to think through all decisions accordingly.